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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra hosts gala finale of inaugural International Cello Festival of Canada

Winnipeg, MB – June 7, 2011 – The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is proud to be a part of the first-ever International Cello Festival of Canada at the Gala Festival Finale on Sunday, June 19.

The Festival, being held June 15-19, is presented as the final event for the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada ARTS FOR ALL project. Winnipeg will host to dozens of the world’s finest and most renowned cellists over five days of performances, master classes, workshops, and more. The Festival will finish with the WSO for a spectacular program that will offer rare performances including six cellists performing a variety of works with the WSO as well as a cello orchestra of 55 cellists performing Popper’s Requiem and Song of the Birds. This is an event not to be repeated in Winnipeg any time soon.

The evening, hosted by Eric Friesen and directed by WSO Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate, will begin with a pre-concert chat (6:45 pm) with WSO Artistic Operations Associate James Manishen as he speaks about the great cellist and Winnipegger, Zara Nelsova.

Gala Festival Finale Program:
Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos
Paganini Variations

Patrick and Thomas Demenga
Respighi Adagio con Variazione
Denise Djokic
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Jian Wang
Rococo Variations
Colin Carr
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto
Frans Helmerson
Popper Requiem
Song of the Birds (Trad.)
The Festival Cello Orchestra

Feature Performance
International Cello Festival of Canada Gala Festival Finale
Sunday, June 19, 7:30 PM
Tickets are $30.00 and available through the WSO box office at 949-3999, online at

For more information about the International Cello Festival of Canada, visit


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